Wisconsin (10-4) at Nebraska (9-5)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 6, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Devaney Center (13,595) -- Lincoln, Nebraska. Television:
Big Ten Network. Home Record: Wisconsin 9-1, Nebraska 7-2. Away Record:
Wisconsin 0-2, Nebraska 1-3. Neutral Record: Wisconsin 1-1, Nebraska 1-0.
Conference Record: Wisconsin 1-0, Nebraska 0-1. Series Record: Nebraska leads,
GAME NOTES: The Wisconsin Badgers will try to deny the Nebraska Cornhuskers
their first Big Ten Conference win of the season when the two schools square
off at the Devaney Center.
Bo Ryan's Badgers notched their fourth consecutive win on Thursday by downing
Penn State by nine points in their conference opener. Wisconsin is 10-4 this
season, but it failed to find success in its two true road tests at Florida
(74-56) and Marquette (60-50). The Badgers will test Nebraska's offense in
this one as they are leading the Big Ten in scoring defense at 55.9 ppg after
limiting the Nittany Lions to only 51 their last time out.
Tim Miles was not given a warm welcome into the Big Ten on Wednesday as his
Cornhuskers suffered a 70-44 setback to Ohio State in Columbus. The loss was
the second in three outings for Nebraska, which has fallen to a 9-5 overall
record. The journey does not get any easier for Miles after this, as Nebraska
will tour Michigan with away games against the Wolverines and Spartans. The
Cornhuskers' chances against an opponent that is very limiting defensively
does not seem ideal, as they are last in the Big Ten in scoring at 60.4 ppg.
Nebraska leads the all-time series between these schools by a 10-8 margin, but
Wisconsin came out of last season's meeting on top, 50-45.
Wisconsin shot just 38.6 percent from the field and allowed PSU to net 46.2
percent of its field goal attempts, but it still could have won by a much more
comfortable margin had it not submitted a poor 13-of-26 performance at the
charity stripe. The trio of Ryan Evans, Ben Brust, and Jared Berggren tallied
13 points apiece. Berggren, a 57.1 percent shooter from the floor, leads the
way with 13.4 ppg to go along with 6.4 rpg. Brust is the primary outside
shooting threat, having knocked down 31-of-77 threes (.403), and he is second
on the team in both scoring (11.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). Evans is
posting 11.6 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per tilt.
Ray Gallegos was the only Husker to reach double figures in their 26-point
loss to Ohio State. Dylan Talley was held to just nine points and David Rivers
also netted nine. Talley still leads the team with 13.6 ppg, but Gallegos is
close behind at 13.1 ppg. Brandon Ubel is the key post players for Nebraska
with productive 12.6 points and 6.5 boards per game averages.
Ryan's defensive system has made Wisconsin best at shutting down opponents for
a decent period of time. The Badgers cannot afford to throw away opportunities
at the free-throw line or be held under 40 percent shooting throughout the
course of the conference season, but they will not need a huge scoring effort
to come out of this one on top.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 57, Nebraska 49
01/06 10:31:41 ET
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